1 Person Tarp Tent




Introduction: 1 Person Tarp Tent

About: I like hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, shooting, Xbox 360, cooking, and trying to make stuff.

This is my 1 person tarp tent that has an optional door. It's small and light when folded. It's cheap and easy to make and doesn't take much time.

What you need:
     8'x10' Tarp
     4 Tent Pegs
     1 Hiking pole
     A type of guyline[I used 10ft of paracord]
     Measuring tape
     Hole puncher
     Paracord scraps

Step 1: The Model

First I started out with a piece of paper. I cut to match the tarp so a 8'x10' tarp = a 8"x10" paper
I marked the paper with a Sharpie where the grommets are.
Since I didn't want to add grommets I cut it on the dot in the boxes that are on the picture and made a triangle.
Then I folded the paper in half.
This is the model I went off of.

Step 2: Cutting the Tarp

     Draw a line from the bottom center grommet to the 2nd to the top grommet, another line from the bottom center grommet to the 2nd to the top grommet on the other side, and then draw a line to a 2nd to the top to  the other 2nd to the top. Look at the previous step and it will show you where to cut also. [The grommet in the boxes]. It will be excaltly the same as the model.

     Next thing you do is cut  the lines with the scissors. Make sure that you cut on the outside of the grommets instead of the inside ans that you leave some of the tarp around the grommets.

Step 3: Setting It Up

     First lay it out flat and put a tent peg at the top of the tarp. Then you take the hiking pole and pull it out to 3' and take the cap off the end. Stab the end into the ground [If you can't becuase of the terrain that's fine]. Put the hiking pole under the tent and lift it up. Peg in the other two sides. To attach the guyline I tied a loop out of two overhand knots that slides so it tight down on the top of the hiking pole[The loop works like a snare or lasso]. Put the loop over the hiking pole and tighten it and feed it through your hands down to the ground about 4' away from the hiking pole. Tie another loop by doubling the guyline and tieing a overhand knot. Grab the other tent peg and put into the ground. Loop the guyline over the peg. I suggest that you pound the tent pegs all the way into the ground.

Step 4: Making the Door and Adding It.[Optional]

     After you set it up you can add a door that can be put away when not using it. Take one of the bigger scraps of tarp and put the corner of the tarp next to the top. I suggest you use the Sharpie so you can get a cleaner cut than I did. The top off the corner is going to be at the top of the tent as shown. After you cut it, slide the corner of the tarp up the guyline. Hook the bottom grommet to one of the tent pegs as shown. Next you take the hole puncher and punch 3-5 holes on the other side of the door[The side that's loose] but make sure that there is one on the top and one on the bottom. There might be a grommet or two so you don't have to punch holes there. Also make sure that you cut one hole on each side of the door and the tent right across from each other. Take the paracord scraps and put them through one hole and through the other hole and tie them [Do this for each one]. To put the door back you take the grommet off the tent peg and throw it back onto the tent or you can roll it up and tie it to the side.

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    9 years ago on Introduction

    I pitched a similar tent last summer and tried sleeping in it. I learned that you definitely want a platform of some sort to sleep on, even just a good thick layer of insulative material. And a couple of nice warm blankets. I didnt have either, it was a miserable night, lol.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Nice idea for a lightweight shelter. For your guyline you would do well to tie a taut line hitch instead of the overhand knots. It is easy to learn and really useful to know how to tie. This hitch is specifically designed to be used to tie a line and adjust the tension on the line after it is tied. If you tie the hitch near the pole you will be able to reach out of the tent and make any adjustments you need to the tension after you've erected your shelter.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    A taut-line hitch is good, but it is not applicable for some lines as they tend to slip under tension when wet.

    A good alternative would be the trucker's hitch, it is more secure, and with enough practice, can be tied with one gloved hand.



    10 years ago on Step 4

    Tent is good, but I indicated I would not cut corners tarpaulins. I'd corners folded underneath. So I would not lay directly on the ground, but I had the insulation


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Instead of cutting those corners off, you can slide them under on the inside and use them as like a sleeping platform. And I'm not sure putting a door on would be the best idea, you'd wake up soaking wet from condensation.